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Robert Gordon University

United Kingdom


Robert Gordon University (RGU) is a campus university based in the heart of the Scottish city of Aberdeen. Students have the best of both worlds as they live and study in a safe but cosmopolitan city, whilst taking full advantage of the green spaces and exceptional facilities on campus.

RGU has excellent graduate outcomes, and was 4th in the UK and 1st in Scotland for employability, with 97.6% of graduates finding employment within six months of graduation (HESA published 2018). Further, the university is ranked 27th globally for its graduate employability rate (QS World University Rankings 2018). It has been awarded a gold rating – the highest accolade – in the Teaching Excellence Framework, which places it in the top 20% of UK universities.

Garthdee Campus is situated in open parkland next to the River Dee in Aberdeen. RGU has invested GBP 120 million into the modern campus, which has state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities for art, design, computing, IT, engineering, health & sciences and media. Some of the cutting-edge facilities students have access to include a Moot Court to sharpen their legal skills and a Dynamic Advanced Response Training (DART) drilling simulator providing real world scenario training. RGU Sport also includes a pool, climbing wall, three gyms and other facilities, open to students who wish to enjoy them recreationally, as well as those studying related courses.

All students are part of RGU’s Student Union, a chance to be part of the university’s close-knit community. The Student Union hosts activities, events, clubs, societies, student media and projects around volunteering and raising money. An example is RGU GoGreen Society who promote environmental awareness and provide training on the topic. Students have the opportunity to develop beyond their academic degree and have excellent prospects after graduation, evidenced by RGU being placed 5th in the UK for graduate salary prospects (The Economist 2017).

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What's new

What's new

Why RGU?

  • Top university in Scotland for graduate level jobs (The Guardian, May 2019)
  • 2nd in the UK for graduate employment rate (QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2020)
  • 34th in the world for graduate employment - higher than Harvard, Cambridge and Oxford (QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2019)
  • Aberdeen is ranked as the joint most affordable city in the UK (QS World University Rankings, 2019)
  • 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK for Health Professions (Guardian University Guide, 2020)
  • 1st in Scotland for Physiotherapy (Complete University Guide, 2020)
  • 1st in Scotland for Food Science (Complete University Guide, 2020)
  • 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK for Physiotherapy and Radiography (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2020)

Startup Accelerator

The accelerator programme runs over five months and aims to fund and mentor teams and individuals to fine-tune their ideas in order to create businesses with high growth potential. The programme entered its second year in 2019 and remains the only one of its kind in north-east Scotland. Teams stand the chance of being awarded GBP 10,000 in funding and other associated benefits while undertaking the programme.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

RGU’s teaching quality has been acknowledged for its high standard as it was awarded a gold rating – the highest accolade – in the Teaching Excellence Framework, which looks at teaching, learning and outcomes for students and places RGU in the top 20% of universities in the UK.

Its educators work passionately with industrial organisations, research institutes, government departments and professional bodies to develop students beyond their degrees and into full time employment.

Courses are designed through innovative and applied techniques which advance academic understanding in real world contexts, and deliver an excellent return on investment for students’ time at RGU.

Smaller class sizes at RGU are reflective of the overall size of the university, which means students benefit from increased interaction with academics.

RGU has a developing reputation for research, with areas of particular interest around creating solutions to real problems experienced by business, industry and organisations. Students, including undergraduate level, have a chance to work with academics as their research develops, responding to changes in their chosen field of study.

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Department structure

Department structure

RGU is made up by a number of departments and schools.

Aberdeen Business School

Accredited by AACSB International, Aberdeen Business School offers undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees in general and more specialist business areas.

School of Applied Social Studies

A multi-disciplinary school offering undergraduate, postgraduate and continuous development courses.

School of Computing Science and Digital Media

The school is shaping the future industry-sought skills in digital media, computer networks, cyber security, intelligent information systems and technical architecture.

School of Creative and Cultural Business

A dynamic multidisciplinary school covering a wide portfolio of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees across the communication, media and digital industries.

School of Engineering

With state-of-the-art facilities and lectures from industry experts, the school readies students to transform technologies for tomorrow’s world.

Gray’s School of Art

Gray’s School of Art is a multidisciplinary school, with an undergraduate and postgraduate programme across fine art and design.

School of Health Sciences

Focuses on producing graduates who positively impact the lives of individuals and contribute to the health of our society.

The Law School

The Law School provides a range of accredited and professionally recognised law degrees at undergraduate, postgraduate and research level.

School of Nursing and Midwifery

The school has innovative approaches to education providing students with rewarding careers.

School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences

With a range of practical and professional courses, the school helps students to develop career skills.

The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment

The school’s undergraduate and postgraduate course portfolio takes a forward-thinking approach, underpinned by research.

The Graduate School

The school supports students undertaking research, providing internationally recognised supervisors.

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RGU has invested GBP 120 million into the modern Garthdee campus, and it has exceptional facilities for students to make use of.

Teaching Facilities

State-of-the-art and specialist facilities help students excel in their specific field. For Art and Design this includes a glass and ceramics workshop, fashion manufacture workshop, painting studios, photographic darkroom studio, printmaking workshop and more. For Engineering, this includes a DART Simulator, electrical power laboratory, nanocomposite manufacturing facility, wave tank, wind tunnel to name a few. For Health and Life Sciences there is an analytical science lab, cell culture lab, clinical skills centre, human performance laboratory, radiography suite, forensic imaging laboratory, mock crime scene facility to name a few. For Law, there’s a moot court and law clinic.

Recreational Facilities

As well as excellent teaching facilities, students can make the most of the university’s recreational facilities. Sports facilities include a sports hall, pool, climbing wall, a studio available for hire, gyms with personal training offers and a range of classes. There is also a physiotherapy treatment clinic and a range of sports clubs and societies. Catering outlets can be found across campus serving a variety of food including halal and vegan options.


The university is able to offer safe, secure and affordable accommodation for students who would like to live in university accommodation. This can be a good way to integrate into the student community, especially for first year students and international students. There are five sites across the city, with a range of flats and facilities to choose from.


A striking building at the heart of campus, the new library building opened in 2013 and has four floors with over 250 workstations and focuses for the Business School, Health and Social Care, and Design and Technology subject areas.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

There are a number of scholarships available with international students in mind.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Undergraduate Scholarship

A scholarship available to full-time on campus students undertaking an undergraduate course, it offers one year’s full tuition fees and is awarded based on academic merits. Students must have been offered a place, be self-funding and pay international fees.

RGU Financial Award for Full-Time On Campus Masters Course

A scholarship available to full-time on-campus master’s students, it offers a GBP 2000 discount on the tuition fees and is for students who have met the academic entry requirements for their course, are self-funding and paying international fees.

RGU Financial Award for Full-Time On Campus Undergraduate Courses

A scholarship available to full time on-campus undergraduate students, it offers a GBP 3000 discount on one year of undergraduate tuition fees, and is for students who have met the academic entry requirements for their course, are self-funding and paying international fees.

There are also a range of scholarships from external groups, such as the Chevening Scholarship and Commonwealth Scholarship Commission which helps international students looking to study in the UK.

Saltire Scholarship

Students from India, Pakistan, China, Hong Kong, USA, Canada and Japan are eligible to apply for the external Saltire Scholarship award.

This award worth GBP 8,000 can be used towards tuition fees for any one year of full-time study on a postgraduate master’s programme.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

RGU is ranked first in Scotland and 4th in the UK for employability with 97.6% of graduates gaining employment within six months (HESA published 2018). It is also ranked 27th in world for graduate employability rate by QS World University Rankings, 2018.

RGU puts graduate employability at the heart of their approach to teaching. Courses are developed in collaboration with industry specialists to ensure that the teaching reflects the world of work students will be joining. Many courses include professional experience opportunities and most are accredited by relevant professional bodies.

Placement teams across the schools help students find compulsory and optional work experience, delivering real experiences of the working world. The Innovation@RGU team also supports students from all subject areas with interest in self-employment, entrepreneurship, creating start-ups or developing spin outs through initiatives such as the Entrepreneurship Advancement Programme and the Startup Accelerator Scheme. There are also a number of opportunities for students to study abroad, helping to broaden their global perspectives further.

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International students

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Robert Gordon University has a heritage going back 250 years, and it was granted university status in 1992. Since then it has gone from strength to strength, proactively engaging with businesses in the development of many of the degree courses and meeting regional and national needs at a time of constant change and development. Today, Robert Gordon delivers courses to thousands of full and part-time students from different countries.

The University is a dynamic, modern place to study with an international reputation for providing high quality education from undergraduate through to PhD level. It provides industry led undergraduate and postgraduate courses leading to highly relevant awards and degrees.

The teaching staffs have an outstanding reputation for quality and academic research and track record in graduate employment is amongst the best in the UK. It?s range of degree courses include online degrees as well as traditional taught courses in subjects as diverse as art and design, management and engineering.

The Garthdee Campus sits in a wonderfully spacious parkland, adjacent to the River Dee. Mature trees and walkways combine with striking architecture providing a beautiful backdrop for work and play.
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